Singer Khalid thrilled to perform for military audience on Okinawa
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Fans of singer-songwriter Khalid lined up for hours to see the quadruple-platinum selling artist’s recent performance at Kadena’s Schilling Community Center.
Khalid — who was born at Fort Stewart, Ga., and whose mother was once a member of the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus — performed favorites such as “Location,” “Love Lies,” “Eastside” and “OTW.”
“Ever since he came out with the song ‘Location,’ I’ve been a fan,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Erlande Alcius said while waiting for Friday’s concert. “It came out in 2016 and from there I had to get all of his albums.”
The Kadena Force Support Squadron-sponsored show was opened by singer-songwriter Maggie Lindemann, 20, a Dallas native known for the songs “Human” and “Pretty Girl.”
Khalid told AFN Okinawa it meant a lot to him to be able to give back to the military via the free performance.
“I wish I could have went to something like this,” he said. “The fact that I get to be so close to so many people who are going through the same thing I went through is amazing and inspiring.”